ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Chocolate Recipes to Live For

Updated on March 8, 2008

Chocolate Truffles

Melt in your Mouth
Melt in your Mouth

Chocolate is GOOD for YOU!

Easter is almost here - another reason to indulge in that ancient delicacy known as chocolate. We humans have been consuming chocolate, or cacao, for over 2000 years. The Aztecs and Mayans knew about grinding the cacoa seeds into a pulp that could be combined with many other ingredients. It was not only delicious but in its pure form, cocoa is extremely beneficial as an antioxident.

There is no question chocolate releases endorphins which make us feel happy and relaxed. Of course we're talking in moderation, and we're talking about the dark, pure chocolate, not a handful of milk-chocolate kisses. It is said that eating lots of chocolate can prolong one's life - according to a few supercentenarians including Jeanne Calment (1875-1997) and Sarah Knauss (1880-1999) who both ate copious amounts of chocolate.

It isn't a health factor for most of us - we just like it. I remember as a kid getting a huge chocolate fudge Easter Egg from See's Candies every year - plus the basket full of various other light and dark chocolates, jelly beans and malt balls. It was rare to have that huge Egg left after eating it all day. We were blissed out and maxed out for weeks!

Anyway, here is a great and easy recipe for chocolate Truffles. Uses dark chocolate for maximum flavor and health!

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE RECIPE

1 1/2 sticks Butter

1 lb. Bittersweet Chocolate, the BEST you can find!

1/2 cup Cream

4 tablespoons liqueur, Kahlua, Chamboard or Grand Marnier

Cocoa Powder for dusting

Chopped Nuts for rolling; Pistachios, Peanuts, Pecans or Pinons

Directions

Cut butter and chocolate into pieces. Bring cream to boil over medium heat. Add butter and chocolate to cream. Stir until melted. Add liqueur. Chill mixture for at least 2 hours.

Form into balls.

Roll into cocoa, chopped nuts;

Be Creative, Have Fun!

Molten Lava Cake

Scrumptious
Scrumptious

MOLTEN LAVA

Here's another fabulously decadent chocolate recipe.

MOLTEN LAVA CAKE WITH CHAMBORD TRUFFLE CENTER

Truffle Center:

3/4 cup(s) heavy cream

8 ounce(s) semisweet chocolate chopped

2 ounce(s) liqueur Chambord

Cakes:

2/3 cup(s) flour

1/2 cup(s) cocoa powder, unsweetened

8 ounce(s) semisweet chocolate coarsely chopped

5 ounce(s) butter, unsalted cut into pieces

3 egg

2 egg yolk

1/2 cup(s) sugar

1 vanilla bean pulp

ice cream French Vanilla

red raspberry fresh, for garnish

Directions

Truffle Center (Ganach): Heat heavy cream to a boil and pour over chopped chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes. Whisk in Chambord until smooth. Pour onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes or refrigerator for 30 minutes until set. Once set, portion ganache into twelve 1-ounce portions (about 1 heaping tablespoon). Round the ganache into balls, using your hands. Freeze until cakes are ready.

Cakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 12-cup nonstick muffin pan with butter. Shift flour and cocoa powder together and set aside. Melt the chocolate with the butter over a double boiler. Place the eggs, yolks, sugar and vanilla pulp into a bowl fitted with a paddle attachment. Beat at medium speed until mixture is slightly frothy. Add the melted chocolate mixture at medium speed and mix until combined. Continue to mix at low speed, adding the sifted ingredients until smooth. Portion into the prepared muffin pan evenly. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove pan and place one truffle into the center of each cake about halfway down. Return pan to oven and bake for 15-17 minutes. Check for doneness in cake, not truffle center. Allow to cool slightly and unmold.

Serve with scoop of ice cream and garnish with red raspberries or strawberries.

These recipes are from a great Personal Chef friend of mine, Bonnie Snyder of Savories.net.

The photograph is from another site: Here

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)